COVID-19: What UTM Students Should Know About It?

While UM cancels all face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs, UTM seems to be taking things a little less serious. No visible change has taken place despite UTM being closer to Singapore where over 50 cases have been confirmed. Not to say that the infection numbers by COVID-19 have risen to 46000 according to WHO.

Safety from COVID-19 is looming in the back of our minds as we eat in Meranti or wait for a bus at Center point, we need an answer and need it fast.

Photo credit – Dr. Faizal Jalal

Now this brings us to the question…

Is UTM safe?

To answer this I spoke to relevant authorities (UTM-i Staff and Global Buddies) regarding the matter and this is what they say:

You wouldn’t see any chinese exchange student in UTMi because we relocated them to a separate block where only a handful of our staff deal with them regularly

Saim bhai – UTMi

While this reassures us to some extent, it still isn’t enough.

Ammar, an isop buddy, worked in the front lines with other students to help assist incoming exchange students and helped me get down to the details.

According to him UTM did not have a perfect plan but perfected it over time. He goes onto reassure that no one was put at risk or direct exposure to them

The Chinese exchange students that did pass by had come weeks earlier than their normal time

Ammar – ISOP Buddy
A list up in KLG

This brings us to the question. So where are they?

They now reside at S47🏢, temporarily separated from the rest of the society. The 🏥 screenings they go through are also at separate times from the usual. UTM-i staff even went on to hold registration for them at 1 AM, just so the students, like Ammar👦, won’t be at risk.

Furthermore our VC, Prof Datuk Dr. Wahid Omar, has stated in The Star that 112 of 399 Chinese exchange students in UTM are newly registered.

He also said the students would be placed under home surveillance for 14 days when they arrive at UTM, where they will be closely monitored by 61 healthcare workers to ensure that there are no threat or health risk.

It may seem like the visible measures taken by UTM look trivial compared to other Universities but at least we can rest assured that they are working behind the scenes to ensure our safety.

Now that UTM is playing it’s part, what else should we be aware of?

Also Read: MCO: 25 Ways To Spice Up Your Quarantine

Stop wearing face 😷

Yes, you read that right.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best precautions are the standard, everyday ways to avoid all germs: wash your hands frequently, try not to touch your face, and avoid close contact with sick people.

We all know the 2 types of masks: Surgical masks and N95 respirators

N95 mask

N95 respirators filters out particles down to 0.3 microns, the COVID-19 is only 0.12 microns in diameter. You do the math.

Surgical mask

Surgical masks are meant to stop large particle droplets from a persons mouth to nearby surface. In other words they are primarily meant to keep your germs away from others.

Then who is the face mask for?

It’s for the carriers of the virus to wear. This will reduce transmission of the virus.

The incubation period of the virus is around 3 – 24 days so those that are unaware they have been affected are supposed to wear it as well.

How will you know if you you’ve been affected?

Common signs of infection include

  • respiratory symptoms,
  • fever, cough,
  • shortness of breath
  • and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Is there a cure💉?

Infographic by WHO

WHO states there aren’t any cure for COVID-19 at the moment but is being researched intensively.

We are all human beings 👦👧

This is something we tend to overlook when sharing posts or talking about it. Let’s respect the effort of their willingness to comply with the quarantine in UTM and of course 🤲 to see them as classmates soon!

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